Tenzin Choezin sworn in as new MP of 17th TPIE

DHARAMSALA, 3 Feb: Tenzin Choezin has been sworn in as the new member of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile after U-Tsang MP Dhondup Tashi’s resignation. She was administered the oath of office by Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel in the presence of the Deputy Speaker, standing committee members of the Parliament and the Parliamentary staff members earlier today at the Parliament hall.

Choezin who was on the top of the reserve waiting list maintained by the Central Tibetan Election Commission from the U-Tsang province was administered the oath in accordance with Article 57, clause (I) (II) and Article 47 of the Charter of Tibetans in Exile to replace Parliamentarian Mr Dhondup Tashi who resigned earlier this week to assume the office of Chief representative Officer of CTA in Leh.

Greeting the newest lawmaker, the Speaker has said, “with her experience in varied fields, he is hopeful that the MP’s contribution to the Parliament would certainly prove to be beneficial in the coming five years of working together. would certainly prove to be beneficial in the coming five years,” reports the TPIE.

The Speaker has further “stressed on bringing the collective effort of all the Parliamentarians for the common cause of Tibet.”

“While serving the community, one of my biggest aspirations has been to become a member of the TPIE, and I am thrilled today to have realised it,” she said after she took the oath of office and thanked her parents, family, friends and those who have supported and voted for her. 

She further spoke about the importance of the development of the community and listed women empowerment, youth empowerment and conflict resolution as issues that she will focus on. 

Choezin, the newest member of the 17th TPIE, was born on 27 July 1992 at Dharamsala. She did her schooling from Upper TCV and TCV Gopalpur and later completed her B.A. in English Literature from Madras Christian College in Chennai, and her M.A. in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

She served as the Head Consultant at Tibetan Career Center, a unit of Youth Empowerment Support under the Department of Home, CTA from 2017 to 2020.

At 29, she is the youngest lawmaker from the 17th TPIE. She is currently the Executive Director of Active Nonviolence Education Center (ANEC).

Tibetan Parliament-in-exile consists of 45 members: ten members each from U-Tsang, Do-tod and Do-med, the three traditional provinces of Tibet, two members each from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional Bon faith, two members each from Europe and North America and a member representing Tibetans in Asia and Australasia (excluding India, Nepal and Bhutan)

The TPIE holds its session twice every year with an interval of six months, a budget session in March and a general session in September.

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